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The Determinants of University Participation

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  • Louis N. Christofides

    () (University of Cyprus.)

  • Michael Hoy

    () (University of Guelph, Department of Economics.)

  • Ling Yang

    () (University of Guelph, Department of Economics.)

Abstract

The decision to attend university is influenced by the balance of the expected returns and costs of attending university,by liquidity constraints and capital market imperfections that may modify these calculations and, hence, by the family income of prospective students. Family circumstances also play a role. We examine the secular increase in the propensity to attend university in Canada, evident in annual labour market surveys spanning two and half a decades. and consider the contribution of several factors including the additional income expected from having a university degree, tution fees and family real incomes.

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  • Louis N. Christofides & Michael Hoy & Ling Yang, 2006. "The Determinants of University Participation," Working Papers 0608, University of Guelph, Department of Economics and Finance.
  • Handle: RePEc:gue:guelph:2006-8
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    1. Carlos Vieira & Isabel Vieira, 2009. "Student based funding in higher education systems with declining and uncertain enrolments: the Portuguese case," CEFAGE-UE Working Papers 2009_02, University of Evora, CEFAGE-UE (Portugal).
    2. Jennifer Stewart & Martin D. Dooley, 1999. "The Duration of Spells on Welfare and Off Welfare Among Lone Mothers in Ontario," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 25(s1), pages 47-72, November.

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